Ahh, boot season. What a joy. After months of booking repeat appointments for pedicures, it comes as something of a relief to know that the end of summer is in sight. (At least that's the case until it gets really cold and we find ourselves pining after 35-degree tube journeys.)
For the time being, the cusp of autumn is proving quite the novelty. We've already started assembling our new-season capsule wardrobes and have bookmarked the knitwear we're keen to accumulate between now and October. And there's one autumnal item you can start adding to your daily outfit roster: boots.
For the unexpectedly dreary days this time of year can bring, it pays to have some suitably stylish boots on hand. Worn with dresses and skirts sans tights, a well-chosen pair will help extend the lifespan of your summertime apparel. So which boots should you be spending your money on? We're glad you asked.
From the printed boots guaranteed to elevate your off-duty wares to styles inspired by different eras, we've gathered all the boot trends 2019 has to offer in one place to save you ample scrolling time. Happy shopping!
Reminiscent of the '90s grunge era, combat boots are set to be one of the biggest trends of autumn/winter 2019. Use them to add an edge to pretty floral dresses or to contrast ecru jeans.
More and more, we find ourselves dressing in the style of a period drama. Cotton dresses fill our wardrobes and high collars adorn our blouses. This season, lace-up Victoriana boots will decorate our feet.
We've seen a slew of '70s trends make a comeback over the last few months, with platform boots serving as fashion's latest foray into the past. Look for tan or burgundy tones to achieve an authentic retro vibe.
Animal motifs are still high on the style agenda at the moment, though it seems leopard print has been lapped by snake motifs (particularly where footwear is concerned).
Last year's fixation with hiking boots doesn't seem to have wained, as we're already seeing hoards of them cropping up in various new-in sections. Look for details like contrast laces or shearling trims to take the trend to the next sartorial level.
Cowboy boots have proven popular for the last few seasons, but this year we're not so interested in suede iterations. Instead, we're migrating towards sleeker leather styles with minimal exposed stitching and panels.
Knee-high boots can be tricky to pull off, but rest assured that slouchy interpretations (as opposed to elongated sock boots) are the most stylish way to wear them. Pull them over tapered trousers or layer them under a front-split dress.
Want to know how fashion girls make their outfits look instantly cooler? Just add white boots—it really is as simple as that. Be it ankle or knee-high iterations, use them to offset bright midis or to breathe new life into your favourite denim.